Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday Art Class: Watercolor Landscapes

Last year, the boys did very well with watercolor, so I decided to introduce it earlier this year and maybe we'll do more than one.  

I like to teach the boys watercolor step-by-step.  So I'm not really teaching them concepts.  I think they'd get bored with that.  Right now it's all about results.  So we just take it one thing at a time.  We're painting a sky.  Then painting some bushes.  Etc.  I try to encourage them to use different colors, paint wet-on-wet, and other things of the like, but I also find that I can only throw one or two things at them before it becomes too much.  And even then, they are usually so gung-ho to get started that I only have half their attention.

Here's Magoo working on the shrubs at the horizon line.

And Mo.

And Curly.

Here are the finished paintings.  Didn't they do a good job?

I worked from the book The Watercolor Painting Book by Wendon Blake which is a great book for step-by-step landscapes.  It's out-of-print but it looks like Amazon has a few left.  It's not a children's art book, it's just a standard watercolor book.  It's not as glossy as a new watercolor book, but it really has some sound lessons in it and I find it's one of the books I refer to the most.


small + friendly said...

Gorgeous! Makes me want to try...

Shayna said...

I really enjoy looking at your paintings.Very nice!I will try it.

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